ByÂ Waqas Ali:
Yesterday, I saw a question on Quora where someone asked ‘What are some things Indians like about Pakistan and vice versa?’ I added a brief answer from my experience of living in Pakistan and cross border communication.
Here I’m penning them down with photos and brief comment about what we like about each other.
I remember villagers from nearby areas used to travel to my town to rent a VCR, collection of Indian movies and Chitrahar (a cassette entirely dedicated to video songs.) This is a tiny example, it continues till today. In every bus which has a TV, there is a Bollywood movie which passengers are enjoying.
2. Taj Mahal
3. TV Commercials
What an Idea Sir Jee… Tum Chalo to Hindustan Chalay… Dimagh Ki Batti Jala Dey… When I or my brother, is watching any Indian TV show, we don’t change the channel instantly when a commercial break comes up, as much as we do while on Pakistani channels. Indian TV commercials are so much fun.
5. Star Plus TV channel
6. Amir Khan
7. Indian Cricket Batting
Nat Geo India is one of the most widely watched TV Channels in Pakistan. And it has surely brought the two nations very close to each other. Indian wildlife especially elephants and tigers are missed in Pakistan.
Note: This is distilled from my experience of working at Indo-Pak Peace Media
Start a discussion with any Indian, and he/she will put the word Lahore somewhere within five minutes. Lahore Lahore Ie… (Lahore is Lahore)… Jinne Lahore Nhi Wekheya O Jammia Ie Nahi. (Who hasn’t seen Lahore, is not really born yet). It is a perfect introduction of the city I live in.
2. Coke Studio
3. Hina Rabbani Khar
4. Khussa & Peshawri Chappal
I already heard from shoe sellers that how much Pakistani traditional footwear are admired by Indians, especially now whenÂ Chappal is worn with Jeans. My belief got firmed, when I recently met Sanjeev Bikhchandani of Naukri.com, who was visiting Lahore in September. He too bought Khussas and Peshawri Chappals for his family.
Disclaimer: My startup sells Peshawri Chappals and handmade shoes.
5. Truck Art
6. Sindhi Ajrak
7. Food Street Lahore
Whether it is the Indian cricket team visiting Lahore, or you’re a tech guy. Food Street Lahore is a must goÂ place for every Indian in Lahore. Stories from the elders, who have been to the street, play a major role in this decision.
And I have to say, it is perfect combination of Food + Lahore + Culture + Life.
9. Wagah Border
10. Northern Areas